Strongly held beliefs: psychology and technology as they relate to conspiracy theories

Oct 10, 2019

 

Associate professor and psychology chair at MIssouri State University Dr. Amber Abernathy. Abernathy discusses with Dave Cornelison the psychological component of believing conspiracy theories.

Some subset of humanity has probably always held alternative views of reality.  Those ascribing to conspiracy theories sometimes have strong psychological needs behind their commitment to these viewpoints.  It is also clear that technological advances have enhanced the dissemination of inaccurate theories, to the detriment of the national conversation.  Dr. Amber Abernathy is an Associate Professor and the Mary-Charlotte Bayles Shealy Chair in Conscientious Psychology at Missouri State University.  She stops by STEM Spots to chat about the psychological underpinnings of conspiracy theorists, their ability to change viewpoints and the role that technology plays, both positive and negative, in our ability to connect with like-minded individuals.